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How the super-rich homeschool their children

A few years ago I wrote that the rich would start homeschooling their children again like they used to do in the past. Looks like the trend is happening. There’s an article in the Wall Street Journal about rich people who homeschool their children, including the Florida family that built a 12,000 square foot home, valued at around $9 million dollars, which is specifically tailored to homeschooling their children. “When you do a house from the ground up, you do it for how your family lives. Home schooling for us is a lifestyle, it’s not just one room.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 21, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Posted in Education, Wealth

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  1. There are god-knows how many unemployed Ph.Ds who are struggling to find adjunct jobs at universities. If you paid them $50,000 a year, they would make for fantastic tutors. Hell, Descartes died because he became a tutor for royalty in Sweden, and the cold weather didn’t agree with his disposition to wake up before dawn.


    February 21, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    • That depends on the subject; sadly, a high school graduate in their 60s could probably teach spelling and grammar better than most PhDs.


      February 22, 2016 at 10:55 AM

  2. This is what used to be called private tutoring.


    February 21, 2016 at 8:10 PM

  3. the triumph of blank slate thinking means so many parents are willing to waste so much money on their kids education because they think all of these stupid fancy facilities and special educational techniques will make anything more than a lick of difference in how smart their kid is going to turn out. i think its hilarious how much cash these suckers are willing to waste on their brats.

    james n.s.w

    February 21, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    • It’s not about scoring higher on reading and math tests. They are being trained to be upper class. Not dumb at all.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 21, 2016 at 10:04 PM

      • If that’s the case, then why not send them off to boarding school in New England?


        February 21, 2016 at 10:06 PM

      • @Renault

        Because modern parents enjoy spending time with their children.


        February 21, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    • It parents much more control over their kid’s friends which is supposed to be very important. And I’m sure even adjusting for that it helps kids immensely to have a curricula complete tailored to their interests and to have one on one instruction.

      If you’re “scientific” views on nature vs nurture completely contradict common sense and the judgement of people who have actually successfully raised children then you’re almost certainly wrong. Reacting against blank slate absolutism with the other extreme doesn’t make any sense.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      February 21, 2016 at 10:49 PM

      • “Reacting against blank slate absolutism with the other extreme doesn’t make any sense.”

        Right. Kids need to be taught to stuff. If your kid is smart, that is all the more reason to teach them more. Our homeschooled kids go through one year of math material every six months or so. My idea is that by when they are high school age, they’ll already be done with all the traditional secondary education and I can have them in college courses and unpaid internships here in the DC area.


        February 22, 2016 at 9:15 AM

      • “If you’re “scientific” views on nature vs nurture completely contradict common sense and the judgement of people who have actually successfully raised children then you’re almost certainly wrong. Reacting against blank slate absolutism with the other extreme doesn’t make any sense.”

        Right on. The genetic determinism you sometimes encounter in this thread is much stupider than “blank slate absolutism.”

        ava lon

        February 22, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    • Education won’t make much of a difference to how intelligent you are as manifested on g-loaded test when you’re an adult, but it can make a big difference in being able to get the right credentials and do the right things to impress elite college admissions officers and get on the right career track. It allows kids with high IQs to optimize their ability toward demonstrating an elite pedigree for colleges and employers. A kid of equally high IQ but without the same guidance and quality of education might not use that IQ to optimize himself in terms of what elite colleges and employers want to see.


      February 22, 2016 at 12:22 AM

  4. Homeschooling is prole no matter what. It indicates psychic insecurity and lack of civility. The true upper class always attend elite, British style boarding schools such as Phillips Exeter, Groton and St. Pauls.


    February 21, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    • Sure, Alexander the great (tutored by Aristotle), and the habsburgs, the borbons,etc. were “proles” because they were homeschooled in their palaces…

      Daniel Gonzalez Buitrago

      February 21, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    • Home tutoring was once normal among wealthy families, at least until the children were teenagers and old enough to be packed off to boarding school. If the rich start doing home tutoring again, it won”t be seen as prole, or insecure,or uncivil, or anything other than regally impressive. Most people just unthinkingly follow status cues. We’re primates; what else can we do?

      ice hole

      February 22, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    • BTDT…No, in the US they mostly homeschool. The people who work for them study at Phillips, etc.


      February 23, 2016 at 1:22 AM

  5. In Britain, private schools are called public schools. I have speculated that this was because in earlier times the wealthiest schooled at home (with tutors), and when that became too expensive for some of the less wealthy, send-away schools were developed and these were called public in contradistinction to private in-home schools.


    February 21, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    • I had assumed that as well.

      With the internet now homeschooling really has a completely new meaning.

      You can have large screen, two-way HD interacting with people any where in the world. Find the elite teacher/experts and the best material and you are on your way.

      Old fashioned schooling, public or private, is based on a pre-modern, low to no tech culture. You would go into the barn or church and have someone read from a bible or study book and the student would write on primitive tablets.

      Schools now mainly exist for the teachers and faculty and administrators. It’s a business. Students are just the source of revenue.


      February 21, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    • AIUI, British private schools are called public schools because they are open to students from anywhere in the country, while what we would call public schools are restricted to students from specific geographic areas.



      February 22, 2016 at 11:56 AM

  6. There are a lot of parallel trends which point the breakdown of a common society.

    (1) Neighborhood-based social stratification. Americans move into the best neighborhood they can afford. Instead of having pillars in every community, most of the would-be pillars flee to the better community they can afford.

    (2) Flight toward homeschooling and away from public schools. Parents that care, instead of leading the local PTA or fighting for a better school system, just break off from the system.

    (3) Gun ownership. Over time, as people get further and further removed from farm and frontier, gun ownership would be expected to be drop off. Instead it continues at a very high rate because trust is low.

    (4) Decline of malls in favor of online retail.

    (5) Flight from cities. Against expectations, this trend is not actually reversing, outside of New York and DC. In most places, the tendency of people to live further and further away is actually increasing in America. Elsewhere in the world, people are moving toward cities.

    (6) Decline in outdoor freedom of children.


    Elites focus on stupid micro-issues like gay ‘marriage’ and gender bending, while the very society we all live in is coming apart.


    February 21, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    • Gay marriage and transsexual issues aren’t apart from communal breakdown but things that are pushed specifically to undermine societal trust and cohesion. People that buy into those issues on either side think that the half of the country that disagrees with them is basically evil. That’s not minor at all.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      February 21, 2016 at 11:04 PM

      • Very true. In my family, when these topic come up among people on opposite sides, thing get bad.

        I would add the Donald Trump to this. Just had an exchange with my sister over Trump. She being completely pozzed out thinks he is horrifying.


        February 22, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    • The school issue is a biggie because it’s all about race and total destruction of social capital in communities and the fall of the middle class. It strikes right at the heart of AFFORDABLE (white) FAMILY FORMATION.

      Two-income middle-class married people break their necks to move to an expensive neighborhood to send their kids to a good public school (a few still exist) while others slave away to send their kids to private school at 20 grand a pop. They are completely on their own and responsible for themselves. They are having less kids or NO kids because of this astounding expense.

      They are fleeing from the black/brown/illegal public schools which they are paying tax money to. The black/brown/illegal have LOTS of kids and are lavished with government support and connection. In some very real ways, they are much richer than the middle class couple who has NO TIME.

      “An American workers’ revolution will not be a Socialist revolution, it will be an Anti-Socialist revolution of the new poor of the middle class.”


      February 21, 2016 at 11:15 PM

      • 20 grand isn’t even close. Try 35 or 40 grand unless you want a (prole) Catholic school.


        February 22, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    • It should be noted that for some, the purpose for home schooling is that the schools no longer instill the morality that the parent’s subscribe to. I’d consider it if my school started laying the white guilt on my kids (I’m sure that will happen in college, but I’m working on inculcating my kids right now).

      Half canadian

      February 22, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    • “(2) Flight toward homeschooling and away from public schools. Parents that care, instead of leading the local PTA or fighting for a better school system, just break off from the system.”

      There’s no socially feasible way for parents to fight at the local PTA for a better school if the problem is declining test scores and worse behavior problems due to changing demographics.


      February 22, 2016 at 12:24 AM

      • You are right if there is no stopping worsening demohraphics, but we’ve seen in gentrify in neighborhoods that’s it’s possible for a powerful PTA, strengthened by a critical mass of middle class whites can improve schools. Witness the hijacking of PS321 and other schools in Park Slope, district 15. PS 8 in brooklyn was a bad school until people priced out of the private schools descended on it ends masses and made it their own.


        February 22, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    • @Dan: Isn’t NAMs the sole answer for (1) through (6)?

      E. Rekshun

      February 22, 2016 at 4:40 AM

      • Yes and no. I took my homeschooled son to a chess club yesterday with around 20 other homeschooled kids. Several participants were black but had the demeanor and talking style and socialization of nerds (and I mean that in the best possible way — no attitude, no pretention). Cognitive dissonance on my part!

        This is tremendous evidence that homeschooling is superior.


        February 22, 2016 at 9:38 AM

      • @Dan

        I agree that homeschooling has major advantages, but also significant drawbacks. I was homeschooled through the 5th grade, and I think it was beneficial for me. I was a National Merit Finalist in high school and did fine in college and a professional career, maybe in part due to the early boost I received from homeschooling, but maybe I would have done about the same without it. I have younger siblings who were not homeschooled and didn’t do quite as well academically but are probably more well-rounded and excelled in other ways. My parents were upper-middle-class (lawyer and an accountant) but we lived in a very prole midwestern town.

        Kids spend a lot of time at home no matter what – evenings, weekends, summers, days off– so you will be the biggest influence on your kids, and the extra time at home has diminishing returns. In many cases the socialization argument about homeschooling is actually 100% accurate. The extra time spent at home is probably harmful if it completely cuts off unstructured goofing off time with other kids, which I think is beneficial in moderation, and also takes them away from sports or music or something where kids get to interact with other kids and get a lot of discipline, competitiveness, and creativity. Many parents realized their kids are missing out on after-school activities like sports and are also missing out on peer friendships and cut out the homeschooling as their kids enter the preteen years.

        Unfortunately, there is a lot of propaganda about homeschooling out there, and with some parents is like discussing Communism with a bunch of Soviet apparatchiks or creationism with Christian fundmentalists (actually there is a significant overlap between this group and homeschooling parents ie the Duggar family, which represents everything that is repulsive about homeschooling to me). It’s often frustrating to talk about the disadvantages of homeschooling with people who were not homeschooled themselves but at the same time are also not interested in hearing what it’s like, straight from the horse’s mouth.

        While I would say that homeschooling is much better than a crappy public school, the truth, however unfair, is that the best option for a kid’s future is to attend an expensive private school or to a public school in a very affluent neighborhood. This has always been true and it always will be. The kids from the rich family in the WSJ article will probably end up at such a school at some point.

        This is from an old post by Steve Sailer:

        The older I get, the more I become a contra-contrarian. Yeah, sure, I could gin up an argument about why, when you stop and think about it, it’s better to go to Southeastern Louisiana U. than to Tulane; but, truthfully, the general pattern is that nice things tend to be nicer than not so nice things, and that the nice things that rich and powerful people choose for their own families tend to be nicer than the things that not rich and powerful people get stuck with.


        February 22, 2016 at 7:36 PM

  7. At Cuckstate some TDSing Cruz supporters are jumping ship to Rubio. I think this is for the best. The sooner that fraud Ted Cruz ends his no hope campaign, the better. I want a one on one death match between Trump and Rubio, even if that is harder to win than with a divided field.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 21, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    • No way, I want as many people to stay in as possible. Trump’s winning and with this configuration he’ll keep winning. If it become one on ones, good chance he’ll still win, but it’s not as certain. Don’t change a winning formula.


      February 22, 2016 at 1:25 AM

      • Agree. Right now Trump is (ironically, hilariously) benefiting from the “divide and conquer” formula that was supposed to benefit Jeb.


        February 22, 2016 at 9:43 AM

  8. It sounds obscenely controlling. I’ve dealt with home-schooled kids; they excel academically but they’re social freaks. I recall one girl fiddling with something before class and asked,
    “What’re you doing?”
    “Soldering [blah blah blah]. It’s Christmas gift for my father.”
    “Were you home-schooled?”
    “Yes… :)”

    If they want to train their kids to be upper-class, then they should send them to boarding school. Social connections are more instrumental to success than busy-work exercises like memorizing every bone in the human body.


    February 22, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    • Yeah, that sure sounds obscene.

      Better to go to government school and be taught lesbianism in elementary school math class or be ordered to trample a portrait of Obama at university. (Just kidding, of course it wasn’t a portrait of Obama.) And you get to meet Vince!


      February 22, 2016 at 2:49 AM

    • “Socialization” is the reason many people oppose home schooling. What does socialization mean? “Socialized” kids will have the same values, attitudes, and behaviors as their peers. This is exactly why many people do not want their kids in public schools.

      What “social connections” does anyone make in high school? I know one guy from high school. He has never helped me get a job or join a club or anything. And I went to an expensive private high school. All my useful “connections” were made at my first real job.

      What will kids learn at private school or boarding school? They will learn to be good liberals — to believe in diversity, global warming, atheism, feminism, etc. They teach the same crazy shit everywhere. You can’t pay enough money to get away from it. Home schooling is the ONLY way to avoid it.


      February 22, 2016 at 9:42 AM

  9. It appears that the very upper class Bertrand Russell was home-schooled until he left for Cambridge around age 24. I don’t know of any other aristocrats who followed that example. The young Prince Charles and Winston Churchill attended hoity-toity private schools.

    Mark Caplan

    February 22, 2016 at 7:35 AM

  10. As the Mexicanization of America continues unabated, the uber-rich do have to consider the possibility of receiving packages in the mail containing their kid’s ears and fingers. Perhaps the fear of kidnapping motivates some parents to school their kids safely at home.

    Mark Caplan

    February 22, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    • According to Law and Order we already have an epidemic of upper crust white male characters masterminding such crimes.

      But at present we’ve already got an endless supply of compulsively stupid (and inept) criminal blacks now, and kidnapping for profit is not frequent. But I don’t think that Mestizo immigrants are much more capable as criminals than them, and we still have a conscientious (aka mostly white) police force that wouldn’t be complicit in the kidnapping schemes like in Latin America.


      February 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM

      • Kidnapping will become more possible and more commonplace after NAMs and women destroy the effectiveness of the FBI.


        February 22, 2016 at 11:19 AM

  11. Upper class private schools are overrated. I have met lots of people who graduated from upper class schools and are doing well but nothing special. They are on par with the top 10% of the kids in NYC public school I attended.

    For those of limited means you should ask yourself if your kid is better off with an expensive and good private school education education or a trust fund valued at 1M when they turn 18. They actually might be better off if you send them to public school and leave them more money.

    Home schooling kids is a good idea if the parents are intelligent and cultured (I am wary of low-class parents homeschooling their kids on a “Christian Curriculum”).


    February 22, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    • I would suggest the Robinson Curriculum and Saxon Math. Gary North at has wrtten as length about this.


      February 22, 2016 at 11:04 PM

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